Volume 2 - Issue 3

July 2014

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Application of Fuzzy Delphi Method in Exploring Facebook as a Tool for Writing Therapy Among Young Adults

Ying Qin Tee Anizah Mohamed Norlidah Alias
Pages: 1-10

Social media sites including Facebook are increasingly accessed and integrated in the counselling and psychotherapy profession. As there is a universal escalation of mental and emotional health needs in today’s society especially among young adults, Facebook as a popular social networking site for Malaysian youths could be taken advantage as a platform for expressive writing. However, there is a significant deficiency in the available body of knowledge regarding Facebook as a potential online intervention medium. This study aimed at examining the consensus level of 22 experts in the field of counselling and psychology on the suitability of Facebook as a platform for writing therapy intervention in the Malaysian context using the Fuzzy Delphi Method. Findings identified contradictory views among the experts on the survey items, which indicated the inadequate understanding of the applicability of writing therapy via online-based mediums. As the Internet continues to proliferate throughout the world, the potential of Facebook as a medium for intervention should be further tapped into. This study would elicit increased awareness of the applicability of Facebook to help shape the future in the field of psychotherapy and counselling in Malaysia. A sample plan for an exploratory implementation study was established for future research use.

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Barriers Teachers Face in Integrating ICT During English Lessons: A Case Study

Kumutha Raman Hamidah Yamat
Pages: 11-19

The government has assured all Malaysians that no one; both in rural and urban areas; would be deprived of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development. This calls for a need for teachers nationwide to make necessary adjustments to the teaching and learning process. This paper takes a closer look at the barriers faced by teachers in integrating ICT tools in teaching the English language in the classrooms. This study aimed at determining the reasons teachers do not use ICT in the classrooms, even though they are provided with sufficient technical supports. A total of twelve English teachers from an Independent Chinese secondary school were interviewed and their views were analysed through thematic content analysis. The findings revealed that although the school was highly resourced with ICT tools and facilities, barriers such as teachers’ hesitancy in integrating ICT, amount of workload, lack of time, teaching experience and age and lack of ICT skills were impeding the teachers to incorporate ICT in their teaching. Thus, sufficient training, motivation, encouragement, flexible time and task arrangement for teachers are necessary in order to provide opportunities for them to incorporate ICT resources into their teaching. Future research could focus on more effective ways to overcome the barriers of ICT integration in education.

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Improving Students’ Van Hiele Level Of Geometric Thinking Using Geometer’s Sketchpad

Poh Geik Tieng Leong Kwan Eu
Pages: 20-31

The objective of this study was to examine the use of the Geometer’s Sketchpad on students’ van Hiele level of geometric thinking. A total of 31 Year Three students from a primary school in Pahang, Malaysia, participated in this study which was carried out over two weeks. The experimental group (N=16) was given the intervention using Geometer’s Sketchpadfor six lessons while the control group (N=15) was taught using the traditional approach of chalk and talk. Quantitative data of the study were obtained through pre and post tests. A questionnaire was also used in this study. Paired samples t-test results indicated that the improvement of van Hiele level of geometric thinking for both the students in the experimental group and control group between all the pre and posttests is significant at the level of . However, the difference of van Hiele level of geometric thinking between students in the experimental group and in the control group were not significant for the postests. The study also found that there was no correlation between students’ literacy in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and their van Hielelevel of geometric thinking after using Geometer’s Sketchpad.

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The Use of Videos as a Cognitive Stimulator and Instructional Tool in Tertiary ESL Classroom

Dalwinder Kaur Esther Yong Norhayati Mohd Zin Dorothy DeWitt
Pages: 32-41

Even though technology is known to have a transformative effect on teaching and learning, videos are not widely used as an instructional tool in the classrooms in Malaysia. This paper focuses on using videos a cognitive stimulator and an instructional tool especially in tertiary ESL classrooms. This paper the potential of using videos for retention of subject content, stimulation of the cognitive aspects of language learning and to contextualize learning. Furthermore, the constraints of using videos an instructional tool in ESL (English as Second Language) classrooms are identified. In the first phase, the Fuzzy Delphi Technique was employed to obtain consensus among 16 experts on the potential of using videos. In the second phase, an exploratory implementation study was conducted with 15 first-year student volunteers in an English Language proficiency course at an institute of higher learning in the Klang Valley. Students’ work and responses were gathered after conducting an ESL lesson using video, and these data formed the basis for analysis and discussion in this paper. It is observed that students enjoy lessons using videos and produced better quality written tasks when videos were employed for English instruction. Findings of this study show that ESL learners could benefit from using video as an instructional tool.

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Wikipedia in Promoting Science Literary Skills in Primary Schools

Sunitha Menon Norlidah Alias Dorothy DeWitt
Pages: 42-47

In learning Science, online environments allowing for user generated content are becoming increasingly important since they offer possibilities for learners to elaborate on assignments and projects. This study investigates how Wikipedia can serve as a means for enhancing science literary skills when students are encouraged to participate in constructing text using science facts and exchanging peer responses. The research focus is on exploring the consensus among Malaysian educationists and officers on the use of Wikipedia in facilitating teaching to enhance and promote interest to learn Science and to gather perceptions of student’s satisfaction in using Wikipedia to construct ideas to learn a science concept. In this study, the Fuzzy Delphi technique was used to get consensus among 20 experts who were lecturers and teachers teaching Science. The findings show that Wikipedia has the potential to be used as an instructional tool in learning Science in line with the current trends of collaboration and social networking in education. The use of Wikipedia as an alternative teaching tool had a very positive perception from students. Browsing through the Wikipedia to gather facts and generate an idea in learning a Science topic has the potential to improve both science literacy skills and thinking skills in students.

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Message from the editor-in-chief

The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) highlights the current issues in educational technology. MOJET is an international, professional referred journal in the interdisciplinary fields sponsored by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. This journal serves as a platform for presenting and discussing the emerging issues on educational technology for readers who share common interests in understanding the developments of the integration of technology in education. The journal is committed to providing access to quality researches raging from original research, theoretical articles and concept papers in educational technology. In order to produce high quality journal, extensive effort has been put in selecting valuable researches that contribute to the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to editorial board, reviewers and researchers for their valuable contributions to make this journal a reality. 

Professor Dr. Saedah Siraj

July, 2014
Editor in chief

Message from the editors

The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) is aimed at using technology in online teaching and learning through diffusing information from a community of researchers and scholars. The journal is published electronically four times a year. The journal welcomes the original and qualified researches on all aspects of educational technology. Topics may include, but not limited to: use of multimedia to improve online learning; collaborative learning in online learning environment, innovative online teaching and learning; instructional design theory and application; use of technology in instruction; instructional design theory, evaluation of instructional design, and future development of instructional technology. As editor of the journal, it is a great pleasure to see the success of this journal publication. On behalf of the editorial team of The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET), we would like to thank to all the authors and editors for their contribution to the development of the journal.

 

Dr. Norlidah Alias
Dr. Onur Isbulan 

July, 2014
Editors